Citizen Spotlight - Okmulgee News Network - Okmulgee News Network Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:13:53 -0700 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Roosevelt Powell POW in the Korean War

Roosevelt recently received the Former Prisoner of War Recognition Program medal at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee.(Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photography)


On June 25, 1950, the Korean War began when some 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People’s Army poured across the 38th parallel, the boundary between the Soviet-backed Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the north and the pro-Western Republic of Korea to the south. This invasion was the first military action of the Cold War. By July, American troops had entered the war on South Korea’s behalf. As far as American officials were concerned, it was a war against the forces of international communism itself. After some early back-and-forth across the 38th parallel, the fighting stalled and casualties mounted with nothing to show for them. Meanwhile, American officials worked anxiously to fashion some sort of armistice with the North Koreans. The alternative, they feared, would be a wider war with Russia and China–or even, as some warned, World War III. Finally, in July 1953, the Korean War came to an end. In all, some 5 million soldiers and civilians lost their lives during the war. The Korean peninsula is still divided today.

Roosevelt Powell, born October 10, 1927 and lived in Beggs.  He joined the US Army at the age of 18, before he graduated from high school to fight in the war. Later he would become a Korean Prisoner of War and his life would change dramatically.

Powell suffered a broken arm the night he was captured and because of the lack of medical attention his arm was basically set by the freezing temperatures incurred there. Held in Camp 5 North Korea Powell recalls the harsh war experience, "It was 47 below zero in North Korea, unbelievable cold."  The food was parce and he dropped weight to about 100 pounds. Powell said it was a miserable time, all the food they received was cold and he was injured basically the whole time he was in captivity.

Powell said he was not treated too well during his time there.  "Being treated good by the Communist was considered bad."

Powell is 86 years old and currently lives in Okmulgee with his wife, Bobbie Powell, of 45 years.  He is still quite active at home.

On April 30, he will be leaving with other veterans from Oklahoma for Washington DC where the Korean War POW's will be recognized and honored for their service in that war.

Powell met Mao Tse-tung while in captivity in North Korea, Mao later became the head of Peoples Republic of China. "He was just passing through and checking on the prisoners," said Powell.

Mao Zedong, also transcribed as Mao Tse-tung and commonly referred to as Chairman Mao (December 26, 1893 – September 9, 1976), was a Chinese Communist revolutionary and the founding father of thePeople's Republic of China, which he governed as Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949 until his death in 1976. His Marxist-Leninist theories, military strategies and political policies are collectively known as Maoism or Mao Zedong Thought.

Watch Video of Some of Powells comments about his experience:

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Citizens Spotlight - Author and Writer Elece Hollis

Elece Hollis of Liberty Morris is an author and writer

Elece Hollis of Liberty Morris is an author and writer. She attended Laterno College in Longview, TX where she first found her love of writing. At Laterno she wrote for their college newspaper where she wrote profiles about different professor and students. Her favorite project was covering the life of Mrs. Latuno in her aging years. She was very fascinated by her life story and how she and her husband had built Laterno College.

Hollis recently attended the Christian Writers Conference in Pittsburg, KS., an instructional conference to build your skills and craft in writing. She took first place in poetry with her submission entitled "The artisan Ocean" a writing about walking on the beach and watching the sunset. She also won third place in the Devotional where you use a scripture verse to write something that inspires people, she wrote a Mother's Day story about her mother.

(Photo by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photographer)

Hollis enjoys writing gift books on assignment, stories and poetries that are reminiscent about her past and family.

She has written several genres such as articles about bird watching for the Home and Hearth magazine and others on cooking, child care, parenting and child safety for Life123 an online magazine. She has written for Mature Living a Baptist magazine and for some home schooling and teachers magazines.

Her first attempt at publishing was in 1998. She has since published, Elece Hollis - Helen Steiner Rice A Celebration of Family: Cookie Cookbook & Inspiration for the Season, The Gift of Angels; Oh Baby! A small handbook for new moms, Meet God in the Morning poems for the Heart of prayer.

"I have worked on over 30 gift books, have many articles online, around 200 and about 40 in print magazines, most for teachers, parents, and moms," said Hollis.  "They can be purchased on Amazon or from Christian book stores, and some at Barnes and Noble. Most of my freelance work is through Snapdragon Editorial Group Publishers. I have written for are Barbour books, Whitestone, Waterbrook, Howard and One."

Hollis enjoys most of all writing stories about her mother who raised 9 children and hopes one day to complete a book about her.

Video clip Paul Orosco with Elese Hollis author and writer:

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Wild Onions are a popular dish for many Oklahoman's

Wild Inions Patch Okmulgee News

When Spring is in the air, most generally so is the smell of "wild onions", a popular fresh vegetable for many Oklahoman's.

Even though they are known to be highly popular among the Native American culture, they are also loved by all nationalities across Oklahoma.

(Watch video below)

Jack and Rita Murphy of Okmulgee were out gathering wild onions on Monday.  "My family has gathered wild onion since I was a little kid," Rita Murphy said. "We brown them with oil and sometimes bacon, add them to eggs and sometimes eat them with some fresh cornbread. A lot of times we find fresh poke salad and add that in too."

Wild onions are members of the onion family which grow naturally in the wild, rather than being specifically cultivated. These are the dainty little onions with some powerful flavor - super oniony. They can be found all over the world, and several species are treated as culinary delicacies, Gardeners sometimes find these members of the onion family irritating, because they can be difficult to eradicate from flowerbeds and lawns.

Like cultivated onions, wild onions have a distinctive sharp flavor and scent. Many have a very strong odor, which can sometimes make them very easy to identify when they are growing in the wild. As a general rule, the leaves, bulb, and flowers of the onions can all be eaten, with most people concentrating on the leaves, rather than the bulb, as these onions tend to develop small bulbs with shallow roots.

There are a variety of ways to use wild onions. They can be used in many of the same dishes domestic onions are used in, and they can also be grilled, chopped and used as a garnish, roasted, cooked in sauces, and so forth. The pungent flavor and aroma can be a cause for caution, as a small amount will often go a long way.

Rita and Jack gather "Wild Onions" Watch the video:

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Citizens Spotlight Okmulgee April 4, 2014

Today's Citizen Spotlight a new feature on Okmulgee News Network where you never know who you might meet from the local area of Okmulgee!

Today we feature Vianne Stensees

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Boy Scout Troop 298 serve up food for emergency management

Boy Scout Troop 298 (L-R) Eric Ellen, Mingling Adamson, Joshua Crow, Ramon Walker, and Tim Walker.

Boy Scout Troop 298 was on hand at the Okmulgee Emergency Management building Friday and Saturday night to prepare food for the local law enforcement and emergency service employees working the weekend shift during the large Roy LeBlanc rodeo event last weekend. 

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Okmulgee Mayor Steve Baldridge welcomes Rodeo Fans

Okmulgee Mayor Steve Baldridge was on hand Saturday Night at the 58th Annual Okmulgee "Roy LeBlanc" Rodeo 2013 to welcome Rodeo Fans to the city. He also met Oliver the Watusi Bull owned by Vincent Browning. Mayor Baldridge was also a ride along with Okmulgee Police Dept. patrol late Saturday night.


]]> (ONN) Citizen Spotlight Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:11:47 -0600
They Call Him "Early"

(Photo by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photographer)

He said his name was Early, like "Early In The Morning".  I saw him out cutting his field today of high grass, but he was wearing most notable and characteristic hat most people would envy.

The large wide brim shaded him as he carefully cut the grass with his tractor in the hot summer heat and high humidity.  He said he is just a little older than his 1960's Ford tractor and he handled the tractors movements with artful precision.

]]> (Paul Orosco Photojournalist) Citizen Spotlight Wed, 07 Aug 2013 16:02:38 -0600
Morris standout Garrett Totty signs letter of intent

(L-R Front Row) Jason Totty (father), Garrett Totty, Lisa Totty (mother), (L-R Back Row) Clayton Smith a fellow graduate and teammate and Morris High School head baseball coach Ed Yock.  (Photo by Steven B. Guy - Morris News)

2013 Morris graduate Garrett Totty signed a letter of intent with Labette Community College of Parsons Kansas on July 29.  Totty has been noticed for his talent as catcher while playing baseball with the Morris Eagles.  Totty will be studying Physical Ed/Athletic training.  

Garrett has worked for the Tulsa Drillers since 2009, as a bat-boy 2009-2012 and as a Bull-pen catcher 2012-2013.

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Young Bull Rider in Making

Citizen Spotlight

Chad Vanstraten, a 13-year-old from Beggs, OK has dreams of being a big time championship bull rider.

He has has begun his bull riding journey this summer and will be participating in the steer riding events in Bartlesville this weekend. His grandfather Billy Vanstraten providing Chad with some tips on using and repairing bull riding spurs correctly.

Ride Um Cowboy!


]]> (Paul Orosco Photojournalist) Citizen Spotlight Sun, 28 Jul 2013 19:36:24 -0600